S. Sudan on verge of civil war, Obama warns

JUBA - US President Barack Obama has warned that South Sudan is on the "precipice" of a civil war, after clashes in the capital Juba spread around the country.

He said 45 military personnel had been deployed to South Sudan on Wednesday to protect American citizens and property.

At least 500 people are believed to have died since last weekend, when President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of a failed coup.

An estimated 34,000 people have taken refuge at United Nations compounds.

Three Indian peacekeepers were killed on Thursday when a UN base sheltering refugees came under attack near South Sudan's eastern border with Ethiopia.

Sudan suffered a 22-year civil war that left more than a million people dead before the South became independent in 2011.

The recent unrest has pitted gangs from the Nuer ethnic group of Mr Machar against Dinkas - the majority group to which Mr Kiir belongs.

"South Sudan stands at the precipice. Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past," President Obama said in a letter to Congress.

"Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease. All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbours, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation."

Comments (3)

German philosopher Hegel was rumoured to have said, "Africa is a continent of perpetual childhood" and that racist evolution man Carles Darwin was not very far behind either when he described Africans as a backward people who were the last to see the wheel. That Salvar Kiir gentleman has failed the people of Sudan and Africa at large..instead of building the land that has not known peace for hundreds of years, is this power consolidation in his hands the best he can do for the children of Sudan? This is not only disappointing but criminal to boot! He has failed to run the new country, he should step aside for more capable hands..what a mess!

gutter poet - 21 December 2013

Also former South Africa president Botha said black is the symbol of poverty. In some exitent I agree him because what we see in A Africa is definitely true

Ludovic - 22 December 2013

Also former South Africa president Botha said black is the symbol of poverty. In some exitent I agree him because what we see in A Africa is definitely true

Ludovic - 22 December 2013

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